BFF's Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry are in business together once again. Deadline is reporting OWN and Perry have signed a multi-year deal for two scripted series. Perry will write, direct and executive produce the series for a mid-2013 debut on OWN. This is the first venture into scripted development for OWN. Said Winfrey:
I have been looking forward to the day when we would be in the position to enter the world of scripted television. That day has come. We are all energized by the opportunity to collaborate with Tyler who has a proven track record for producing highly successful cable series.
Oprah’s cable network OWN has received more positive ratings news. According to Deadline, Iyanla: Fix My Life was the channel’s best debut since the network premiered. Meanwhile, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s hit a series high with its second season premiere.
Featuring life coach Iyanla Vanzant, Fix My Life’s 10 PM Saturday show earned a 1.18 rating in the women 25-54 demo and 1.1 million total viewers. That was second in the demo for its time period among all ad-supported cable networks behind ABC Family’s airing of The Blind Side.
On the heels of a custody ruling in his favor, R&B star Usher is taking a trip to the hot seat on Oprah's Next Chapter. The singer opens up to Oprah about his custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Raymond, the death of his stepson and his emotional breakdown in court. Take a sneak peek at Usher's OWN appearance after the jump!
Oprah is looking within her TV family of talent to help boost OWN’s ratings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, OWN has purchased the exclusive cable rights to Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show.
“Rachael and Nate are a natural fit for OWN’s expanding daytime programming lineup,” said OWN president Erik Logan of the four-hour block. “It will be great to have Rachael’s energy and Nate’s upbeat presence on our air.”
Former daytime queen Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrities list, thanks to her earnings from Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show, O magazine and her satellite radio station. Reportedly, she earned $165 million from May 2011 to May 2012. Forbes warns that they expect her to fall next year when they will not include syndication money in their count.
Former daytime talk show host Rosie O'Donnell has at least one thing to smile about these days. O'Donnell recently announced on her blog she and fianceé Michelle Rounds got married. The comedienne was slated to get hitched this month, but once Rounds was diagnosed with rare disease desmoid tumors, the two decided to wed in June. O'Donnell posted:
we were to wed 10 days ago
but her illness forced us to postpone the wedding
as i was in ICU that day
when it rains …
like love and flowers
so on we go
we married in private
before her surgery
just the 2 of us
when we r both well enough
will have the wedding of r dreams
surrounded by those we cherish
thankful for the love and support
so many have given us
during these trying times READ MORE